On Nov. 2, 34-year-old Gaston Santos Jr. and 22-year-old Isaac Julio Becker were both convicted for their crimes committed in early 2021 for sexual abuse of minors. Both subjects will be on Sex Offender Probation for 10 years following the completion of their state prison sentences.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous report, on Jan. 9, of a potential sex crime committed against a 15-year-old girl. The FCSO Major Case Unit conducted an investigation, and it was discovered that Santos manipulated the victim into believing they were in a relationship and that he subsequently engaged in sexual intercourse with her on two occasions. On Feb. 2, Santos was arrested for Lewd or Lascivious Sexual Battery and booked into the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility. He was sentenced on Nov. 2, to four years in state prison followed by 10 years of Sex Offender Probation.
Becker's case dates to November 2020. The FCSO began an investigation about a 16-year-old girl who had been the victim of multiple sex crimes. The victim disclosed multiple incidents of violent sexual battery between 2017 and 2019 when she was between the ages of 13 and 15. The victim reported that during the assaults, Becker would forcibly restrain her and prevent her from calling for help. On Feb. 12, 2021, detectives traveled to Virginia, where Becker was residing and took him into custody for two counts of Sexual Battery (Victim 12-18 years of age/Offender over 18 years of age) and two counts of Lewd or Lascivious Battery (Victim 12-16 years of age). He subsequently confessed to the crimes and was extradited to Flagler County.
Becker pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years in state prison to be followed by 10 years of Sex Offender Probation with the requirement to be registered as a Sexual Predator. As part of his plea deal, he was allowed to remain in the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility through the upcoming holidays.
“These two sick and twisted individuals preyed on young children,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “I hope these sentences and conditions will bring closure to the victims and their families. I want to thank our Major Case Unit for all their hard work in gathering the evidence that made these convictions and sentences possible. This should also be a warning to sex offenders that if you take a child’s innocence away and abuse them, we will get you and you will go to prison where you belong.”